Luton receives 40 per cent of Beds policing resources, commissioner says
PUBLISHED: 12:06 15 July 2018
Bedfordshire's police and crime commissioner has confirmed that 40 per cent of the force's resources are used in Luton.
At a meeting in the town – the first of a series across the county – Kathryn Holloway confirmed the figure as part of promises made during the Police and Crime Plan of 2016.
“Luton is our largest town and has its most complex and challenging crime needs,” she said.
“That’s why it could be said that it receives a disproportionate share of policing.
“It receives a full 40 per cent of Bedfordshire Police’s resources, but I’m determined to provide as many police officers, as accessibly as possible, on the budget which is available to me because that’s what every single community in every single location has been telling me at every public meeting since I became the police and crime commissioner.”
Mrs Holloway is also looking to increase the number of officers available to Beds police, pledging to recruit between 110 and 130 new officers using her £2.9 million fund.
Deputy chief constable Garry Forsyth joined Mrs Holloway in explaining how resources are distrubuted, providing details of the monthly force tactical task meeting.
He said: “It was a pleasure to join the PCC in meeting the public and explain how we prioritise and allocate our policing resources across the force and to take questions from the people present.
“It was particularly pleasing to be able to talk about the positive trajectory of improvement that the force is on as well as some of the fantastic work that is going on with the public and our partners to address the issues that matter to local people.”
Montell Neufville, chair of the independent Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, praised Mrs Holloway for fulfilling her promises.
“I met the commissioner before she became PCC and listened to her promises,” he said.
“She gave a lot of detail tonight and she has actually delivered more than she promised.
“She should be given credit for that.”
Four more meetings will be held across Bedfordshire, as the police and crime commissioner marks the end of her second year in the role.
One of these is set to be held in Biggleswade.